Analysis Of Emily Dickinson

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Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. She was the second of the three children of Edward and Emily Dickinson. Her younger sister, Lavinia, and her brother, Austin, were both very close to Emily. “Lavinia and Austin were not only family, but intellectual companions during Dickinson’s lifetime” ( While neither Emily nor her sister married, their brother married a young woman named Susan Gilbert. The couple lived next door to the rest of the family, and the two sisters remained at home for the rest of their lives. Emily often helped her mother around the house with daily housekeeping assignments. After her greatest output of poetry in the late 1860’s, a cloud of misfortune seemed to follow Dickinson around. Her father passed away in 1874 leaving Emily shocked and upset. She continued to stay at home and care for her family. The following year, Emily was a caretaker for her mother who had become paralyzed after suffering a stroke. Emily Dickinson later created a relationship with Judge Otis Lord. He was eighteen years older than her and a friend of her father. “This relationship with Lord was perhaps the closest thing Dickinson had to a satisfying love” (Gale Group). Although this connection surely helped her cope, her final years consisted of more distress. Emily’s mother passed in 1882, followed by a favorite nephew in 1883, and then Judge Otis Lord in 1884. All of this caused her to fall into a deep state of unending depression. Dickinson died on May 15, 1886 from Bright’s disease after being diagnosed that same year. Dickinson did not tend to name any of her works, but rather numbered them. One of her most famous love poems was a work that was later titled as “In Vain.” A couple of her other most popular poems were ones such as, “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers” and “I’m Nobody! Who are you?.” Many of
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